MOCAKIDS: Meet & Greet with Author Michele Wong McSween

Sat, Nov 3, 2018 @ 2:00pm - 3:00pm

Tickets: $20/family (up to 5 total adults & children), includes a signed copy of the book; $15/family for MOCA Family Level Members, includes a signed copy of the book. Free admission for Cool Culture families, book not included. Check here to reserve tickets now!


Join author Michele Wong McSween for a meet & greet at MOCA! Michele will teach English and Mandarin words from this charming bilingual book. Afterwards, participants will have a chance to design their own Gordon or Li Li puppets to read along with them. A book signing will follow the program. Best for children ages 3-5. Older and younger siblings welcome!


Tickets include a signed copy of the book, a craft, and a snack.


About the Book
Gordon and Li Li are cousins. Li Li is from Beijing, China, and speaks Mandarin. Gordon lives in Brooklyn, New York, and speaks English. When Li Li visits Gordon for the first time, the cousins must learn to communicate using simple, everyday words.


Children and caregivers can read along with Gordon and Li Li as they learn basic English and Mandarin words and their correct pronunciation. Each spread of this sturdy book spotlights a different theme, including greetings, everyday words, numbers, and animals! And every word features the English and pinyin spelling along with the Chinese character and the phonetic Mandarin pronunciation to help readers practice.


This is an adorable and informative must-have first words book for any family who wants to get little ones excited to open the door to learning a second language — and future language success!

About the Author
Michele Wong McSween is a mom, fashion designer, author and a fourth generation Chinese American. Growing up in Sacramento, CA, she never learned Chinese and wanted to be sure her own boys were confident with Chinese language and culture. After enrolling them in early-learning Mandarin classes, McSween looked for appropriate Mandarin bedtime reading and found that little was available. She created Gordon & Li Li with an appealing, simple and modern design aesthetic that would engage kids and parents alike.